Monday, April 20, 2015

Coming Exhibition: Anne M Bray, Michael Knight, Ellen Starr

Tues. April 21st – Sat. May 16th, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25, 5-8 p.m.

Artists' Talk: Saturday, May 9, 3pm

Southwestern Sojourn, Anne M Bray
Anne M Bray, Dawn: Reeves County, TX, Oil on canvas, 24 x 48", ©2001
Anne M Bray's core subject is the American landscape as seen from the highway. It's a modern take on the Hudson River School's devotion to the sublime beauty of nature. In her current exhibition, Southwestern Sojourn, Bray limits her focus to the southwestern region of the US. “The stark beauty of sky and earth stripped down to their core elements pulls my soul.”
 
For more than twenty years, Bray has taken “on the fly” research shots and then later interpreted them in the studio. She’s not satisfied with keeping the images as photographs – “that format seems too cold and detail-laden”. She distills the information manually through paint or modifies it digitally, simplifying the compositional elements and adding her emotional response to the place and time. “My roadscapes are a celebration of fleeting moments frozen in time. Urban, rural, and the roads in-between -- I share with the viewer windows for contemplation.”

Precarious, Michael Knight
Michael Knight, Badges? Badges?... Acrylic on paper, 23 x 31 in
Life is a balancing act. We walk tightropes over familial issues, current affairs, societal pressures, work politics and the like. In Precarious, artist Michael Knight illustrates the journey; the process by which we make these journeys. Knight’s interest in process has generally been about the technique and execution of his art. In this exhibition, it is also about the subject matter. He creates imagery to match our realities. The work forces us to evaluate how we deal with the intricacies of our lives. Michael Knight works in a wide range of media to create art that questions and challenges perception of society, culture and the individual.

Back to Nature, Ellen Starr
Ellen Starr, Ballona Wetlands, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 in.
In her latest exhibition, Back to Nature, Ellen Starr explores the endless possibilities of subject matter presented to us in the natural world.  Using acrylic paint on canvas, she strives to clarify the visual intricacies of every-day subjects, primarily landscapes. Starr’s work brings the viewers into the landscapes and enables them to feel as though they are seated next to her as she paints. Composition – the delicate balance of numerous details – is a major concern, but even more important is communicating to the viewer a deep love of Nature.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Call for Entries: 2015 California Open Exhibition

The California Open Exhibition is an annual juried art competition sponsored by TAG Gallery.  
The nationwide exhibition recognizes excellence in a diverse range of media and offers artists the opportunity to receive awards and exhibit their finest work at Bergamot Station Arts Center, Southern California's largest art gallery complex and cultural center.

Exhibit: August 12 - 28, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 15, 2015, 5-8 p.m.

All entries must be submitted online at www.califorentry.org

Deadline: June 26, 2015

CA Open FAQ
CA Open prospectus
CA Open Juror: Jim Morphesis

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Art Story: Shelley Lazarus

Shelley Lazarus, "The Mah Jong Ladies of the Catskills circa 1950's" Watercolor and Limited Edition Giclees, 22 x 29 in
"Although I never met these 5 ladies, I know them so very well.
My mother and they played the game every Wednesday afternoon, rotating houses.
When it was my mother's turn, I was in charge of cutting the pineapple (in winter) or the watermelon (in summer) for the fruit plate. It had to be a new design each time. In the summer we all went up to a bungalow colony in the Catskill mountains, where the game continued.
As a teenager I watched them bet, flip the tiles and concentrate on their hand.
And while they played they gave me wise lessons on life, love and the art of growing up.
They were my mother's best friends and my adopted aunts.
Bertha, Helen, Belle, Sylvia and my mother Rose.
This is my tribute to them."

See this and other works by Shelley at TAG through April 18, 2015.

Artists' Reception: TONIGHT, Saturday, March 28, 5-8pm
Artists' Talk: Saturday, April 11, 3pm